Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht): Statements
Paul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE)
I want to ask a question on the National Famine Commemoration Day. First, I wish to pay tribute to the National Famine Commemoration committee volunteers. The committee has done an extraordinary amount of campaigning work and has pushed for proper appropriate commemoration of the Famine. Part of the work has involved pushing for a full recognised State day with a consistent date in the calendar. A Bill relating to this matter passed Second Stage in the previous Dáil. The Famine was commemorated last Sunday and the Minister was present. Will the National Famine Commemoration Day be brought under the remit of the Minister and that of her Department? Will we have a fixed day that will be consistently the same every year? I understand that it will be the third Sunday of May each year.
A reply to a parliamentary question suggests that the event will be held in Buncrana, County Donegal, in 2021. Will the Minister confirm that the event will be held on the third Sunday in May in Buncrana next year?